Batik on cotton issues.
  • Would like to know how to use Procion ® MX for painting on cotton? The solution should be diluted with the addition of soda or should be applied to pre-fabric? Can I put soda solution on the cloth after a drawn picture diluted dye? When is applied urea and can do without it? Do we need salt? And whether consolidation steam?
    The instructions I found no guidance on soda and other substances MX Instructions.pdf
  • Hi Tanya,
    On the link you posted, see the section called "Silkscreen Printing and Hand Painting" on page 6. There are several different methods for using Procion MX dyes in a direct application. You can mix the soda into your dye solution (along with urea) and then paint with it (although once the soda is introduced to the dye, your dye will start exhausting--so paint fast!). Then you would either batch the fabric (keep it warm and damp for up to 24 hours) or steam set it ( Top Steaming Instructions.pdf). Another option is to presoak your fabric in soda ash and then apply the dye (without soda incorporated into it). This would also require batching. Yet another option would be to treat your fabric in a post-painting fixative bath. I would recommend using Permanent Dyeset Concentrate for this ( For this method, you would just wait for your dye to dry (no soda) and then submerge the piece in a solutionof the fixative. You'll just have to be extra careful about backstaining if you take this route... I hope this is helpful. Let us know if you have any other questions...